Friday 5 July 1901 3:30PM

Marie Fillunger soprano; Evelyn Downes mezzo-soprano; Seth Hughes tenor; Arthur Foxton Ferguson baritone; Walter M. Malsch oboe

JS Bach, Stanford, Brahms and Walker


  • Marie Fillunger soprano* *Wigmore Hall Debut
  • Evelyn Downes mezzo-soprano* *Wigmore Hall Debut
  • Elizabeth King voice* *Wigmore Hall Debut
  • Seth Hughes tenor* *Wigmore Hall Debut
  • Arthur Foxton Ferguson baritone* *Wigmore Hall Debut
  • Walter M. Malsch oboe* *Wigmore Hall Debut
  • Donald Francis Tovey accompanist* *Wigmore Hall Debut

Often remembered today as the life partner of Eugenie Schumann, Marie Fillunger was born in Vienna in 1850 and studied at the conservatory there, continuing her studies at the Berlin Hochschule on recommendation from Brahms. She moved to England in 1889 and quickly found success as a Lieder singer, appearing regularly with the Hallé orchestra and touring Australia and South Africa with its founder Sir Charles Hallé.

For her Wigmore Hall debut she was joined by four other singers in a programme of mixed concert pieces and Brahms vocal quartets, accompanied by her friend and long-time accompanist Donald Francis Tovey.

English baritone Arthur Foxton Ferguson, also making his debut here, would return with her the following year as part of the Fillunger Quartet, later known as the Folk-Song Quartet. Walter M. Malsch, playing here in the Bach Cantata Liebster Jesu, mein Verlangen, began his musical career as one of the Children of the Chapel Royal alongside Arthur Sullivan, before taking up the oboe and becoming a frequent performer in London concerts around the turn of the century.

  • Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
        • Cantata: Liebster Jesu, mein Verlangen BWV32
  • Sir Charles Villiers Stanford (1852-1924)
        • A Cycle of Songs from Tennyson's 'The Princess' Op. 68
  • Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
        • An die Heimat Op. 64 No. 1
        • Der Abend Op. 64 No. 2
        • Fragen Op. 64 No. 3
  • Ernest Walker (1870-1949)
        • Five Songs from England's 'Helicon' Op. 10

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